Category Archives: Graphic Novels / Comics

Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

In these two graphic memoirs, Alison Bechdel chronicles her ambivalent love for each of her parents. The first, Fun Home, deals with her father, who died, possibly by suicide, when Bechdel was in college, not long after she came out … Continue reading

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Catching Up on Comics

I had high hopes to get a lot of reading done over the last couple of weeks, but life keeps getting in the way. I did finish The Ringed Castle, the fifth book in Dorothy Dunnett’s legendary Lymond Chronicles, and … Continue reading

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Fables 14-18

Just a quick note to say that I’m now up to date with Bill Willingham’s Fables series (or at least all of the ones they have in my library.) I had been quite apprehensive about reading these last few, because … Continue reading

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Boxers and Saints

This two-volume graphic novel set by Gene Luen Yang looks at the Boxer Rebellion, the Chinese uprising in 1898 to 1901 against foreigners who had gained power in their country, from two perspectives. The first volume, Boxers, tells of a … Continue reading

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Y: The Last Man

Yorick Brown, it seems, is the greatest escape artist who ever lived—or at least he’s made the greatest escape ever. Somehow, he managed to be the only man to escape the mysterious plague that killed every single man on the … Continue reading

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Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon and Superman: Birthright

I love comic-book superhero movies, and I love graphic novels. But I’ve never managed to bring those two interests together because comic books seem to have a pretty high bar for entry. The mythologies for the characters go back for … Continue reading

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Strangers in Paradise: Volumes 1 and 2

As I mentioned last week, I’m taking a massive open online course (MOOC) about gender in comic books. We’ll be reading a lot of comics, and although I don’t intend to write about all of them, I do intend to … Continue reading

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Fables 8-13

Just a quick note to say that I’m continuing to read the Fables series. This time I read volumes 8-13, Wolves through The Great Fables Crossover. I’ve continued to enjoy these in a general way, and I’m engaged by the … Continue reading

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Fables #4-7 and 1001 Nights of Snowfall

In August, I read the first three volumes of Bill Willingham’s Fables series of graphic novels. I enjoyed them, and planned to read more, but my time at school became so busy that I haven’t had a chance to pick … Continue reading

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Daytripper

Daytripper is a graphic novel by the Brazilian twins Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. When the book opens, with a chapter entitled “32,” Brás de Oliva Domingo is the son of a famous novelist. He would like to be a writer, … Continue reading

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